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Poster: stratocaster Date: Dec 4, 2010 8:55am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Althea

Recorded and released on Go to Heaven, This song was introduced live on August 4 1979 at Oakland Coliseum and quickly became a first set staple. The 1979 versions featured perhaps the slowest tempo, by late 1980 the arrangement tightened up and the band was stepping out more. I don't feel that there is a singular "greatest ever" version, instead I will submit a list of highly recommended versions:

12-05-1979 http://www.archive.org/details/gd1979-12-05.aud-sbd.long.19418-and-31959.34874.sbeok.flac16 with that slow, dreamy "persian tent of exotic temptations" tempo...well played

10-10-1980 http://www.archive.org/details/gd1980-10-10.mtx.chappell.sb03.28740.flac16 pairs with a mean Jack Straw to end the first set...excellent

12-12-1980 http://www.archive.org/details/gd80-12-12.sbd.miller.31509.sbeok.flacf very prominent Phil playing chugs this one along

03-09-1981 http://www.archive.org/details/gd1981-03-09.sbd.miller.74220.sbeok.flac16 perhaps best 81 version?

03-28-1981 http://www.archive.org/details/gd1981-03-28.fm.hanno.deepelem.fix-3306.22802.sbeok.flac16 Rockplast in Germany...damn krauts won't stop clapping!! ;D great version...this is why 1981 is the best year for Althea

05-01-1981 http://www.archive.org/details/gd81-05-01.wise.clugston.2218.sbeok.shnf outstanding audience copy, very strong

08-28-1981 http://www.archive.org/details/gd81-08-28.sbd-patched.painoman.9572.sbeok.shnf

12-30-1981 http://www.archive.org/details/gd1981-12-30.sbd.munder.hempel.patched-8211.90866.sbeok.flac16 one of the best first sets of the year...last version of the year smolders

04-18-1982 http://www.archive.org/details/gd1982-04-18.mtx.seamons.107090.flac16

08-03-1982 http://www.archive.org/details/gd1982-08-03.sbd.miller.77196.sbeok.flac16 excellent sound

04-07-1984 http://www.archive.org/details/gd84-04-07.sbd.dodd.13816.sbeok.shnf effects laden version

10-18-1984 http://www.archive.org/details/gd84-10-18.nak.miller.17273.sbeok.shnf Fozzie puts the chili dog and smoke down long enough to belt out a strong 84 version

12-30-1986 http://www.archive.org/details/gd1986-12-30.sbd.miller.77446.flac16 with that special Healy vocal processing on Garcia...energy is high

07-19-1989 http://www.archive.org/details/gd89-07-19.sbd.437.sbeok.shnf from the "Downhill from Here" series, best version of 87-95

03-15-1990 http://www.archive.org/details/gd1990-03-15.senn-hubbard.cpb.83675.flac16 "Without a Net" version

10-27-1991 http://www.archive.org/details/gd1991-10-27.sbd.gmb.81199.sbeok.flac16 inspired

This post was modified by stratocaster on 2010-12-04 16:55:21

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Poster: patkelleyPA Date: Nov 27, 2010 9:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Althea

You forgot 12/6/92, but I will forgive you:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd92-12-06.sbd.wiley.8706.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: utopian Date: Dec 4, 2010 10:12am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Althea

9-6-80

12-30-86

9-12-88

4-28-91

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Poster: Phlesh Wound Date: Nov 28, 2010 6:44am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Althea

Great post, Althea has always been one of my favorites. I must agree that '81 is the best year for Althea and so I'll add my recommendation for this one:
81/2/26
http://www.archive.org/details/gd1981-02-26.mtx.chappell.sb02a.28383.sbefail.flac16

This one always seems to get over looked but its one of my favorites. I'm not sure if that's because this show is also overlooked or if I'm just the only one that likes it. There are some blown lyrics and the "this space is getting hot" jam part is pretty run of the mill, but Jerry seems to be singing right in your ear and the closing jam gets a really great full band work out. Or at least I think so. Check it out.

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Poster: imissJG Date: Dec 4, 2010 6:39am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Althea

I`m not solid on a date,(though`89`90 is when the other tunes were performed)..but the Althea,off the CD release,"W/O a Net,"always seemed to be one of the tightest musically sung Althea`s in the vault....4/1/90(*not94...duh!),Omni in ATL,ain`t bad on the ears either.....****excuse my ignorance,if only i had taken the time to read "everything"printed above,this useless thread could`ve been written in way that doesn`t make its author look like an illiterate fool,but in any case,it for sure,has its spot on the list of best "Althea`s"... *****

This post was modified by imissJG on 2010-11-28 13:18:25

This post was modified by imissJG on 2010-12-04 14:39:26

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Nov 28, 2010 8:49am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Althea

Try 10-27-91. Band is playing with a heavy heart over the loss of Bill Graham and they really rip into this version. One of my faves to say the least.

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Feb 10, 2013 10:54pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Althea

Hey lobster, the first (Martinson) source works now!

And I learned some punctuation !

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Feb 11, 2013 8:22am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Althea

Ha. I'm check it out today. Always loved this gig

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Nov 28, 2010 4:09pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Althea

Say it aint so lobster , but this source has the mysterious , I shall not stream disease .

http://www.archive.org/details/gd91-10-27.sbd.martinson.537.sbeok.shnf

But this one is works ( look how long the source material is ) ,

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1991-10-27.sbd.gmb.81199.sbeok.flac16

A fragile , determined show . Sugar Mags ( 1st set ) is full of emotion . MH had something to say about that particular rendition . Something to the effect of crying and smacking the hell out of his drums . Sorry I do not have the quote .

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Nov 28, 2010 4:30pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Althea

Sugar mags is very powerful. Also listen to the Sugaree. It has one of those great Jerry flubs. something like "allnallboutadew" when he can't remember the words

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Poster: Death&Mercy Date: Nov 28, 2010 3:59pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Althea

best Althea, and the best Iko.

yeah, that's right. a 1991 show has two best evers.

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Nov 28, 2010 4:14pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Althea

entire show is sick

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Dec 4, 2010 10:26pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Althea

10-27-91 is one of my all time favs and I`d put it up there with shows from their prime. I believe even Cliff with his strict tastes has had kind things to say of the jam with Duncan and Santana if im not mistaken. I`d definitely put this Althea towards the top if not THE top but I`d have to give 2-27-90 with Michael Doucett as a better Iko

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Nov 28, 2010 5:42am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Althea

I'm surprised you failed to include the performance from 12/1/79, I know you like that Stanley Theater show. It's a slower deliberate Althea, with a nice smokey extended instrumental break that has Weir slashing in there with Jer. I once had a Golden Retriever named Althea. She was a great dog. RIP Althea...

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1979-12-01.sbd.miller.96408.sbeok.flac16

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Poster: Reade Date: Nov 28, 2010 7:50am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A Late-Era Althea that's quite good

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1994-10-01.sbd.gorinsky-miller.31992.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: William Tell Date: Nov 28, 2010 6:06am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Althea

Ah ha! I never realized I was at the opener for this tune! The Aug run had great significance for all of us in the group of folks that attended shows together in that it was our first exposure to Brent and we were all wondering how it would go...hmm--I do have that right, right? That this was Brent's first Bay Area gig? Pretty darn sure of that anyhow...given I left the Bay Area shortly after that, it reduced my shows to Holidays when I would return to the EBay to visit folks, usu for the post Christmas run. Which sadly, was at the Oak Col rather than Winterland--a move I always regretted.

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Poster: yesss! Date: Nov 28, 2010 12:26am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Althea

nice list, thanks. going to check out some of the ones i don't recognize.

and i'll add this to the list of good ones: http://www.archive.org/details/gd1990-07-19.sbd.miller.32354.sbeok.flac16

i recently listened to a garcia interview that was recorded before the 7/10/81 show where jerry talks about his frustration with althea and how he felt that they hadn't gotten it right yet. the interviewer suggests putting it in the second set and, amazingly, jerry takes his advice and althea gets a rare second set placement that night! it obviously didn't stick, but the interview dude must have been psyched.

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Nov 28, 2010 7:47am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Althea

An old thread ,

http://www.archive.org/post/313186/althea

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Nov 28, 2010 3:03am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Althea

3/28/81 is on YouTube. It's a wonderful, tight version, and the clip is just so nice to see. Phil seems to be having fun; so does the cameraman, who just so happens to cut straight to Bob after the line at 2:51, "just another pretty face." Is it a coincidence, or was he just waiting for that moment? Hmmmmmm. Poor Bob. Not fair. Yet funny.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQFeuAbLHro

And you're right about the clapping, which is really apparent in the clip. First time I saw it, it struck me as not quite a GD crowd ... maybe more of a Who crowd, since they shared the bill? Or a lost Lynyrd Skynyrd crowd? I half expect them to start shouting, Freeeebirrrd!

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Poster: Dancin'Deb Date: Dec 4, 2010 11:23am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Althea

Hahaha...I think the hand clapping is really funny and has to be a German thing! I've never seen that at any show I've ever been too...

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Dec 4, 2010 11:12pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Althea

Hey Deb, hope all is well with you and the family. Now stop that twirling and CLAP!

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Poster: imissJG Date: Nov 28, 2010 5:10am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Althea

That is definetly an abnormal simultaneous overhead clap by this crowd!...Crazy!...especially,when your hands usually just got in the way during a show,that is,if reality wasn`t your thing..hehe...but none the less, a strange crowd indeed,for a crowd that does just fine on its own in the weird category!

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Nov 28, 2010 5:29am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Althea

Whatever one's relationship with one's hands during a show (which, after all, can be gainfully employed if you dance), I think the typical GD crowd would not be quite so amenable to such rigid choreography. Maybe it was a German thing. "Achtung! Eins, vei, drei, CLAP! You over zere! You are not clapping. Vee haff VAYS of making you clap ..."

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Poster: Jim F Date: Dec 5, 2010 3:57am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Althea

You have to keep it in perspective...I mean we're talking here about the country where David Hasselhoff has a huge following.

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Poster: He Live's Date: Dec 4, 2010 11:09pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Althea

i have a list here somewhere

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Feb 11, 2013 9:50am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Althea

I would add to all these fine recommendations the version from 5/8/80 released on Road Trips Penn St/Cornell.

It really is a picture perfect version...strong Jerry vocals, no lyrical flubs, hot jam to wrap it up.